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Five Ways to Make Your Holiday Less Stressful

When you’re new to the chronic illness game, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. If you’re not blessed with a supportive family or spouse, our struggles can be increased dramatically. We feel haunted by the seemingly fearless, boundlessly energetic former self, and want to project that image in the present. That’s not giving your former self… Read More Five Ways to Make Your Holiday Less Stressful

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Injecting for the First Time

Perhaps one of the scariest things when you are first diagnosed with R.A. is starting on the meds. The fear creeps in about the time you get your first prescription. Or it happens before you get your prescription filled, and you read up on the kinds of medications you must take, and their side effects. … Read More Injecting for the First Time

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Five Secrets Your Friend with R.A. Would Like You to Know

For the sake of this article, I will assume the pronoun of she, since I am a “she” and I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. And this she was talking to her friend online the other day and revealing some things, some struggles, that she didn’t know/realize. This inspired me. So, I decided to give all of… Read More Five Secrets Your Friend with R.A. Would Like You to Know

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Another NutriBullet Bites the Dust

As someone who suffers from chronic illness, I have come to depend greatly on my daily smoothie.  I received my possible diagnosis from my general physician in March of 2015, and by September I was officially seeing a rheumatologist being diagnosed first with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Both before and after my diagnosis, to know what I… Read More Another NutriBullet Bites the Dust

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Will You Open This For Me?

I think if someone were going to develop a catch phrase for me, while I would prefer something zippier, it would probably be, “Will you open this for me?” Because, with RA, I say this all the time. Early on, I didn’t have a diagnosis yet. My brother was in the hospital’s ICU, and I… Read More Will You Open This For Me?

Chronic Illness Book Club

May Book Review: How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This? by Carla Ulbrich

From the first moment I was diagnosed with my autoimmune diseases, I was looking not only for ways that I could help my body, but also help my mental health and my spirit.  Carla Ulbrich is the big sister I never had.   Ulbrich does a brilliant job of walking us through the various stages… Read More May Book Review: How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This? by Carla Ulbrich

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Hashtag

Right now, I can count myself blest. While Rheumatoid Arthritis has taken away my original livelihood, I am slowly sculpting new avenues for myself. I have avenues for writing to explore, and avenues for artwork, and avenues for antique sales. In all of this, I am single but living with amazing parents. Because they are… Read More Hashtag

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Repost: What You Should Know About Autoimmune Diseases

  March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, and according to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association, it’s a staggeringly large community. Amongst the most staggering facts: Today, approximately 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases constituting a major health crisis. There are over 100 different autoimmune diseases on record. Autoimmune disease cluster in families and… Read More Repost: What You Should Know About Autoimmune Diseases

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Repost: Please Don’t Diminish My Bravery

A bit over a month ago, clicked on a link to a post by Hattie Gladwell titled “We really need to stop calling people living with chronic illness ‘brave.’ ” In it, Gladwell talks about herself and a group of like-minded others who feel offended that people are aware of her issues and want to treat… Read More Repost: Please Don’t Diminish My Bravery